China’s CoBot Revolution

This article from OZY describes how China is preparing for changes in the world's manufacturing climate over the coming decades. China — already at the forefront of the global robot revolution — is laying the foundations for an alternative model for robots: “collaborative automation solutions” — known as CoBots — that work with humans instead [...]

2019-03-27T15:07:47-06:00March 27th, 2019|Cobot Market Trends|

Robots help bicycle factory move from China to U.S.

Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) is moving skilled manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China by leveraging robotic automation. Wage increases in China and advances in automation efficiency make BCA's new factory in South Carolina immediately cost competitive with China. In the future, this U.S. cost advantage will continue to increase.

2018-11-26T14:10:02-06:00November 26th, 2018|Cobot Market Trends, Economic Development|

Robots will take old jobs and create new ones, says World Economic Forum

This Robotics & Automation article summarizes a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on robots and jobs. The article is very upbeat and emphasizes that low-skilled labor will be replaced by high-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Within its report titled Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All, the WEF strongly advocates for lifelong learning. Here is [...]

2019-01-10T19:44:37-06:00September 17th, 2018|Cobot Market Trends, Economic Development|

Is a Robot going to take my job?

We often get asked this question about robots and jobs. Our simple answer is "no!"... but the detailed answer is much more complex. Yes, labor is shifting to robots for many low-skill jobs, especially ones that fit the "3 Ds" of Dirty, Dangerous or Drudgery. If you live in a high-wage region like the United [...]

2018-07-10T10:10:02-06:00July 9th, 2018|Cobot Market Trends, Economic Development|

Rapid Growth of Cobots in APAC Region

At present, Collaborative Robot usage is growing faster in the Asia Pacific region than within Europe or the US. This Economic Times article describes the rapid growth of cobots in India, including applications in automotive, health care, education and research. Over the long term, this trend is likely to reverse with the US taking a leadership [...]

2017-11-29T19:27:05-06:00October 14th, 2017|Cobot Applications, Cobot Market Trends|